• Envioronmentalists split on fracking debate

    by  • March 11, 2013

    Illinois’ environmental community is split on its support for proposed legislation that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling. Some environmental groups joined with industry to help draft a bill that would control hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” but others say they’ll push lawmakers for a two-year moratorium instead. About a dozen environmental and citizens...

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    Crime Commission says heroin epidemic in Illinois

    by  • March 11, 2013

    The Illinois State Crime Commission says heroin use is an epidemic, and a Will County official says it should be declared a medical emergency. The commission met with experts Saturday during a summit at Prairie State College. Among the participants was Joseph Troian, director of behavioral health programs at the Will County Health department....

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    Crime victims differ on juvenile sentencing

    by  • March 11, 2013

    Not all crime victims agree on the punishment for young offenders – not even when they are in the same family. Jeanne Bishop and her mother, Joyce Bishop, testified on opposite sides of a bill addressing a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling — People v. Miller — against a mandatory life sentence for a murderer...

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    Martial arts instructor facing more sex charges

    by  • March 10, 2013

    A southwestern Illinois martial arts instructor is facing more federal felonies alleging that he sexually abused several students, including a 6-year-old. A federal grand jury in East St. Louis has returned a six-count indictment against 20-year-old Christopher Horton of Highland. He’s now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one...

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    Police defend handcuffing of special-needs student

    by  • March 10, 2013

    Police administrators in the Mississippi River city of Alton say officers acted properly when they arrested and handcuffed an 8-year-old special needs student they say was having a tantrum in school. KMOX reports that police say they had no choice in restraining the child Tuesday because the girl had taken a swing at a...

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